When to Hire a Plumber

Your home’s plumbing system can be complex.  What seems like a little issue could really indicate a much bigger problem and sometimes even pose a risk to your safety. When it comes to your home plumbing system, many of us know enough to get by, but how do you know when it is finally time to throw in the towel and hire a professional?

Reasons to Call a Plumber

You have a drain that will not unclog.
Kitchen drains clogged with grease or bathroom drains plugged up with hair can be especially difficult. Sometimes commercial drain cleaners will help loosen the clog – at least for a while. Eventually those stubborn clogs will require more drastic measures. Professional plumbers are certified with the knowledge and equipped with the right tools to effectively remove the clog without causing unnecessary damage to your fixtures and piping.

Your garbage disposal stops working.
Garbage disposals can do wonders in helping you eliminate a large amount of waste your home produces on a daily basis. When your garbage disposal quits working, it’s hard not to notice. Whether the motor ceases to turn, or you have an incredibly foul odor emitting from the drain, a plumber is the best person to help.

You have unusually low water pressure.
Many factors can cause low water pressure in your home including: low pressure or flow from the city or well supply, obstructions in the line, poor supply-line design, partially or fully closed shutoff valves, or blocked aerator screens. Contacting a qualified plumber to properly diagnose and fix the problem at the source will help you save you time, money and unnecessary frustration.

You have no hot water.
Your hot water heater could be leaking or you could have a faulty gas pilot or electric heating element among other things. A plumber will be able to determine the cause of the problem and often easily repair the unit.  

You need to install a new hot water heater.
When it’s time to install a new water heater in your home, you should always contact a plumber.  While replacing the water heater can be a complicated task, it can also sometimes be dangerous. If installed improperly, you could experience dangerous gas or carbon monoxide leaks. Professional plumbers are trained to install all types of water heaters and are educated on local codes and guidelines for safe installation.

You have a flooded basement.
Depending on your location, your basement can flood once every few years or several times a season. Sewage backups, broken sump pumps or a rainy season is often to blame. Whatever the cause, a professional plumber can help you fix the problem and perform necessary updates or corrections to keep it from happening again.  

Your sewer is backed up.
Roots, deterioration, faulty connections, rust and more can lead to disruptions in your sewer line causing it to backup or leak. Qualified plumbers, like Benjamin Franklin, are skilled at locating and repairing the problem without leaving your yard or home in shambles.

You see evidence of water damage or mold.
Even the smallest stains or hints of mold can indicate big problems. If you see water stains anywhere in your home or mold growing inside, call a plumber immediately. Professional plumbers know how to identify the source of leaks and make the necessary repairs without causing more damage to your walls or ceilings.

Contacting a licensed and insured Benjamin Franklin plumber means you will have your problem fixed right the first time around. You can count on quality workmanship at a fair price without the headaches. Contact Benjamin Franklin to schedule a repair today.

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